Migration is a paradox: it can bring economic benefits to both migrants and host countries, but it remains an emotive and contentious issue. Traditionally, economists use Gross Domestic Product to measure the impact of migration on economies and conclude that overall, it has small positive effects.
But GDP does not include all the things that people care about when trying to lead a life that they value. Julie Fry and Peter Wilson have developed a comprehensive new framework that examines the impact of migration on the wellbeing of New Zealanders. It allows a wider range of factors to be used to judge alternative policies, like environmental sustainability, social cohesion and the effect of migration on distribution. Their goal? Migration policy that does the right thing for the right reasons.
Their book Better Lives: Migration, Wellbeing and New Zealand will be published by Bridget Williams Books on 9 April.
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 2pm - 4pm; Level Five, The Treasury, 1 The Terrace; RSVP to Cheryl Robb, email@example.com
Please note: this event is not managed by BWB. Read more about it here.